Cupboard Essentials

Okay, so my favourite type of shopping used to be clothes shopping and that ASOS delivery used to be so exciting! But now I get so happy when my Amazon order arrives… like ridiculously happy over brown rice pasta and cacao powder ect!

I really enjoy shopping for healthy food and I think this happened since I gained more knowledge and insight into nutrition (and actually realising it can taste awesome). I now buy things that I will use day to day, that will make me feel good from the inside out and really help me to feel my best and that is…. good, quality, whole, foods.

Leading a healthy lifestyle is far from dieting, restricting and depriving. Cutting out pre-made and processed products really makes you get back to basics and everything becomes a lot more simple and you start to appreciate what you are actually eating.

Reading labels is the best and most valuable thing I ever started to do… and I don’t mean the sugar and fat content, I mean the list of ingredients. I couldn’t believe how many ‘ingredients’ were in most things, not to mention all the chemicals and stabilisers. I was really shocked!  This also goes for those products that claim a list of benefits on the front and the packaging looks really wholesome!

Making gradual changes is by far the best way to make healthy eating sustainable. I started with cutting out refined sugar to help clear my skin. I noticed a huge difference in my energy, digestion and cravings before I saw results in my acne. I knew it would come with time and I had to remain patient, however with the benefits I was feeling already it made it easy to carry on.

Since becoming a lot more connected to how I feel and aware of foods that make me feel my best, the majority of my diet is plant based and refined sugar, wheat and dairy free.

I have put together a list of dry foods that I use every day. These foods are so versatile and can be used to create just about everything and anything. Introducing these foods gradually and making simple swaps is a great way to establish a super healthy kitchen.

Here is a list of ‘Cupboard Essentials’ that you would find in my kitchen:

Oils/Butters

  • Coconut Oil (extra virgin raw cold pressed)
  • Rapeseed Oil (extra virgin cold pressed)
  • Olive Oil (extra virgin)
  • Toasted Sesame Seed Oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Cacao Butter (raw organic)
  • Coconut Butter (raw organic)

Flours, Oats, Grains, Powders

  • Buckwheat Flour
  • Brown Rice Flour
  • Gram Flour (chickpea flour)
  • Rolled Oats
  • Buckwheat Groats
  • Cacao Powder
  • Maca Powder

Rice, Quinoa

  • Brown Rice
  • Short Grain Brown Rice
  • Wild Rice
  • Quinoa (white, red, black or mixed)

Pasta

  • Brown Rice Penne Pasta
  • Brown Rice Spaghetti
  • Brown Rice Lasagne Sheets
  • Buckwheat Pasta Spirals

Noodles

  • Buckwheat Soba Noodles
  • Brown Rice Noodles
  • Black Rice Noodles
  • Rice Noodles

Lentils

  • Red Split Lentils
  • Yellow Split Lentils

Bread

  • Rye Bread (rye flour only, check the label because some are mixed)

Milk (I don’t tend to buy milk, I will normally make my own if I need some)

  • Almond Milk
  • Rice Milk
  • Coconut Milk

Natural Sugar

  • Honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Date Syrup
  • Rice Syrup
  • Coconut Sugar

Tins, Tubes, Packets

  • Chickpeas
  • Kidney Beans
  • Butter Beans
  • Cannellini Beans
  • Haricot Beans
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Coconut Milk
  • Tomato Puree
  • Coconut Cream
  • Minso Paste

Spices, Herbs (essential)

  • Coriander
  • Mixed Herbs
  • Mixed Spice
  • All Spice
  • Turmeric
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Garam Masala
  • Mint
  • Sage
  • Dill
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Cumin
  • Bay Leaf
  • Peppercorns

Nuts (unsalted, unroasted)

  • Cashews
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Pistatios
  • Hazelnuts
  • Pine Nuts

Nut Butters (100% nuts, sugar free, oil free)

  • Almond Butter
  • Cashew Butter
  • Peanut Butter
  • Tahini (sesame seed butter)

Seeds

  • Chia Seeds
  • Sesame Seeds (white and black)
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Poppy Seeds
  • Linseeds/Flaxseeds

Dried Fruit

  • Sultanas
  • Raisins
  • Cranberries
  • Mango
  • Dates
  • Medjool Dates

Supermarkets do stock most of these items (you might just have to look in different sections/aisles), as well as little independent shops and international stores.

Most of my weekly shopping takes place in Lidl and Waitrose and I’ll do an Amazon order probably every 1-2 months.

Lidl is great for nuts, seeds, oats, tins, dried fruit and some oils.

Waitrose is great for organic items, lentils, quinoa, rye bread, flours, nut butters, dried fruit, coconut oil, honey, buckwheat noodles, brown rice and syrups.

Amazon is great for anything; organic products, cacao butter, flours, pastas, noodles, oils, tins, syrups, dates, nuts and seed. It is especially ideal for buying in bulk or bigger quantities to save money.

I hope this helps.

Much L O V E

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